Damen signs double Modular Multi Cat deal
Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with Canada-based Group Ocean for the delivery of two Modular Multi Cats 1205 to allow the operator extra flexibility in its work.
The vessels, which are made of standard, container sized units for easy transportation anywhere in the world, will serve as dredging support vessels to an oil sands project in northern Canada.
“In addition to the ease with which we can transport these vessels to inaccessible locations quickly and cost-effectively, Damen’s standardised shipbuilding process meant that they already had one of the vessels on stock for extremely fast delivery,” said Tommy Theriault, business development director for Ocean Marine Works and Dredging.
The location of the oil sands tailings ponds upon which the Multi Cats will work is inland and not easily accessible by water.
But the modular nature of the vessels means that they can be easily transported to site by truck and then quickly assembled for operation on location. The modularity of the design also makes any future relocations straightforward.
Because one of the Multi Cats was in stock already, the first delivery will take place in February – less than three months following the signing of contract. The second vessel, which is being built at Damen Shipyards Kozle in Poland, will follow in Q2 2018.
The Damen Multi Cat has is a versatile workboat that is used for towing and anchor-handling, dive support, marine engineering, offshore energy operations and for dredging and dredging support operations.
Damen has a strong relationship with Group Ocean, dating back to 2011. This is the second contract between the two companies.
The first project was for the construction of Ocean’s first TSHD for which Damen provided all technical support and the steel/component package.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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